Pope Francis Governs The Church With Wisdom

Today’s Word:

O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly. Come, and teach us the way of prudence. (Ecclesiasticus 24:3, Wisdom 8:1)

– O Sapienta antiphon

On This Date…

On December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrant parents. He was the oldest of five children. He attended a vocational school and studied chemistry in college. After college, he entered the Jesuit Order and was ordained a priest on December 3, 1969. He was serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires when he was elected on March 13, 2013, as the 266th pope, taking the name “Francis” in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226).


In this week’s Time Magazine, Nancy Gibbs wrote, “For committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest issues and for balancing judgement with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year.” Pope Francis said, “We should appear as joyful messengers of challenging proposals, guardians of the goodness and beauty which shine forth in a life of fidelity to the Gospel.”

In the words of today’s antiphon, O Wisdom, Pope Francis governs the church with “strong and yet tender care.”

-Father McLaughlin

Summer Solstice: The Feast of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Today’s Word:

Into Your Hand I commit my spirit;
You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.
(Psalm 31:5)

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Summer Solstice,
© Judith Townsend

At 1:04 a.m. EDT, summer officially began. Today, the sun rose at 5:34 a.m. and will set at 8:34 p.m., giving us 14 hours and 59 minutes of daylight.

On This Date…

On June 21, 1591, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga died in Rome at age 23. Born into a noble family in Italy, he was trained to be a soldier and slated to inherit his father’s riches. He became a court page as a teen, but he was soon drawn to leave that life for the priesthood.

At age 17, Aloysius entered the Jesuit community to be a missionary. In 1591, he volunteered to care for plague victims in a hospital where he eventually caught the disease himself. Aloysius died praying the words of Psalm 31, “Into your hands, O Lord.”

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He is now the patron of AIDS patients.

Saint Aloysius led by example, showing us how to use our precious hours of daylight – helping the needy and praying with faith.

– Father McLaughlin